Pay It Forward (2000)
Critic Consensus: Pay It Forward has strong performances from Spacey, Hunt, and Osment, but the movie itself is too emotionally manipulative and the ending is bad.
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as Eugene Simonet
as Arlene McKinney
as Trevor McKinney
as Chris Chandler
as Newsstand Guy
Critic Reviews for Pay It Forward
Spacey and Hunt create interestingly layered characters who are hiding parts of themselves from themselves. And come Oscar time, Osment once again may be saying, 'I see tuxedoed people.'
With its smorgasbord of moralizings, Pay It Forward is a confusing welter of sentiment.
Not since Gump has there been such a pandering, faux-virtuous package of populist pap for Hollywood to shove in the faces of electioneering politicos and say: Look, we don't just market unwholesome swill to families, we market wholesome swill, too.
If a movie can coax tears out of me, touch me in a way that the tears flow naturally, more power to it. But stealing my tears by beating me over the head with manipulated schmaltz is a cheat.
Audience Reviews for Pay It Forward
This is one of those heavy-handed liberal "message" films, but the idea of it won't leave you too quickly as the actors do a pretty good job at nearly covering that fact up. Helen Hunt is really good, duh, of course.
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Pay It Forward Quotes
|Sidney:||Man, it's like, the world is a shit hole..excuse my french..and it's like..I just thought.. like.. BOOM!! It's like the whole shit can be better!|
|Sidney:||Man, it's like, the world is a shit hole..excuse my French..and it's like..I just thought.. like.. BOOM! It's like the whole shit can be better!|
|Ricki:||Don't urgue with an idiot|
|Ricki:||Don't argue with an idiot.|
|Jerry:||you ever been in the streets?|
|Jerry:||You ever been on the street?|
|Arlene McKinney:||my mom took us pretty close|
|Arlene McKinney:||My mom took us pretty close.|
|Jerry:||then you dont know, but when you reach in that dumpster for the first time and you pull those newspapers over, that's when you know that you messed your life up. Then someone like your son comes along and gives you a leg up, I'll take it, even from a kid I'll take it.|
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